CASH rewards are being offered for anonymous tip-offs to tackle metal thefts.
The city has been identified as a metal theft hot spot by charity Crimestoppers.
It has chosen Wakefield to take part in a pilot scheme to stop people stealing railway cables, manhole covers and lead from roofs to cash in on their high scrap metal value.
Dave Hunter, regional manager, said: “We want to scrap the metal thieves and the local public can help us to do this by passing on any information they might have on those committing this crime anonymously to Crimestoppers.
“We don’t want to know who you are, only what you know and you might even qualify for a reward.”
This week railway passengers faced disruption after cables were stolen from the Leeds to Wakefield line near to Outwood Station on Sunday night.
Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd said: “In order to assist us in tackling this type of crime we need members of the public to be our eyes and ears and to pass on any information they have.”
To contact Crimestoppers anonymously call 0800 555111 or fill in a secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.